Medical Negligence at Ealing Hospital

Medical Negligence at Ealing Hospital

Ealing Hospital is less than 7 miles away from IBB Claims Solicitors in Uxbridge and therefore we are ideally placed to act on behalf of patients and their families who have, unfortunately, received inadequate care from Ealing Hospital.  Ealing Hospital services the needs of the local population, in Ealing, Acton, Perivale, Park Royal, Hanwell and Greenford. The majority of the patients treated at Ealing Hospital receive good care although a relatively small number suffer from errors or mistakes that could have been avoided and thus are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation for Ealing Hospital medical negligence.

Who should I ask to make an Ealing Hospital Medical Negligence Claim

IBB Claims Solicitors are experienced medical negligence specialists who have acted for many people living in and around Ealing, pursuing a claim for Hospital medical negligence compensation. If you would like advice on whether you have a claim for Ealing Hospital medical negligence, call 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or use the enquiry form to request a call back.

We will be able to advise you, on the basis of what you say to us initially, whether we think you have reasonable prospects of pursuing a successful claim for medical negligence compensation. We will then explain what action we need to take and what we need to do in order to prove that Ealing Hospital are legally responsible for the harm that you have suffered.   We will set out clearly the steps that we will take on your behalf and how we will pursue the claim. We will keep you informed every step of the way, advising you of key developments, setting out a timeline of events and keeping you fully informed of the action being taken on your behalf and the response from Ealing Hospital and their advisers.

What type of medical negligence claim can I pursue?

Over many years we have acted for clients in respect of a range of injuries suffered as a consequence of harm caused by medical negligence. Listed below are examples of the work that we do, with a full list of services on our website.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) report-Ealing Hospital

In July 2018 the CQC served Ealing Hospital with two warning notices, which were the result of an inspection the previous month. Those warning notices identified areas of concern where improvement was necessary.

In the urgent and emergency services the inspectors were not assured that the department had the equipment and environment to care for children.

The inspection also resulted in concerns that paediatric medications were not managed and stored safely.  In medical services, staff didn’t follow procedures and policies to manage medicines in the acute medical unit and the care of the elderly ward. There were out of date medicines on the wards. Those out of date medicines were left unattended. Additionally, the temperature in the fridge was not regularly recorded. Furthermore, medicines were left in drug trolleys following administration and were not consistently disposed of.

A number of improvements were identified although, overall, the CQC report of March 2019 concluded that Ealing Hospital “requires improvement”. It particularly required improvement in medical care (including older people’s care), services for children and young people and in surgery. Furthermore, the rating for urgent and emergency services was regarded as “inadequate”.

The definition of “requires improvement” is that in a particular area at Ealing Hospital, that service is not performing as well as it should, and the inspection team have told Ealing Hospital how it must improve. The definition of “inadequate” is that the particular service is performing badly, and the inspection team have taken enforcement action against Ealing Hospital.

Why ask IBB Claims Solicitors to act on your behalf?

We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area. IBB Claims’ partner Malcolm Underhill has particular expertise with all types of brain injuries, being accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Our team is recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.

Legal 500 judges IBB as having a “good” clinical negligence department and “puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision.” Simon Pimlott has “a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client.”

Chambers describes Malcolm as being a highly experienced personal injury practitioner with a strong focus on cases that involve brain injury. A client notes: "He is a very personable, sympathetic professional that has helped us as a family….."

How much hospital negligence compensation when I get?

The amount of compensation is determined on the facts of each and every case. Therefore, each patient receives compensation (subject to proving Ealing Hospital are legally responsible for the harm) that compensates them for their particularly injury and the effects of that. There is not a tariff or a table, listing the amount of money a patient may be entitled to, but the award for the injury, of whatever nature, and the consequences of that, sometimes over many years, is determined by analysing awards made by the courts, over many years, for similar injuries. However, those previous awards are only for guidance purposes and each and every compensation claim is determined upon the individual circumstances of the person harmed by the hospital medical negligence.

Depending upon the precise nature of the injury and its consequences the awards range from a few thousand pounds to approximately £250,000.00. However, this is only for the injury and the more substantial element of a claim is in respect of the financial losses and expenses arising out of the injury.

For example, if an individual is absent from work for a long period of time, because of the Ealing Hospital medical negligence, then the award will reflect the lost earnings, salary and wages over that period of time. Where an individual is not able to return to work, or if they are a child, will never be able to work, the award will reflect, potentially, a lifetime loss of salary.

In addition, in respect of the most serious injuries where the person requires care on a permanent basis, the private cost of this care can be claimed, as well as, potentially, equipment to address their future needs and, in the very serious cases, alternative accommodation (house or bungalow), with all necessary adaptions, to meet their long-term needs. This is most important in brain injury and spinal injury cases, but not necessarily limited to those type of injuries, but also to such injuries as amputations, where Ealing Hospital has failed to monitor a patient, the consequence of which was that their leg had to be amputated.

In these most serious of hospital errors or hospital mistakes, the amount of compensation that a person may be entitled to can run to many millions of pounds.

Shall I delay a medical negligence claim until my treatment has come to an end?

An Ealing Hospital medical negligence claim should be made as soon as possible. It does not have to be delayed until the patient has finished their treatment. If an error or mistake has been made by the hospital they will do all they can to address the consequences although whatever action they take, the patient is still legally entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Will making a hospital negligence claim impact on my continuing treatment from the hospital

Making a claim for compensation will not impact upon the treatment you receive. The hospital will continue to treat the patient as they would any other patient and will certainly not discriminate against someone who makes a hospital medical negligence compensation claim.

Indeed, those who subsequently treat the patient following the error or mistake, are unlikely to have any knowledge as to whether that patient makes a medical negligence compensation claim. This is because the claim for medical negligence compensation will be dealt with by specialist advisers and not those who treat patients on a day-to-day basis. Hospitals have an organisation akin to insurance company to deal with such claims and will often use their own advisers or solicitors.

I cannot afford to pay legal costs. Can I still make a medical negligence claim?

Government legal aid used to be available to pursue a medical negligence compensation claim. However, this was removed by the government some years ago. Although legal aid is available in a limited number of cases, the vast majority of hospital medical negligence claims do not qualify for legal aid.

Legal expenses insurance can be used to make hospital medical negligence claims.

We offer “no win, no fee” agreements. The way in which these agreements work is that if we are not able to succeed, on your behalf, in recovering compensation against the hospital, there is no cost to you, whatsoever. You do not need to worry about being asked to pay money, receiving an invoice from us: there will be no cost to you.

If we are able to succeed on your behalf you will make a contribution to the legal costs, being a percentage of some of the compensation that you will receive. However, as indicated, you can pursue a claim for medical negligence compensation knowing that in the event that you do not succeed, there is no cost to you. You will only make a contribution to the legal costs when you win and any such payment will only be made right at the end of the case, being made out of your compensation.

Where is IBB Claims Solicitors

We are based in Uxbridge and, importantly, conveniently located to meet, to discuss how we can help you make an Ealing Hospital medical negligence claim.

Contact us on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or use the enquiry form to request a call back. We will discuss how we can help you and advise you on how we can make a claim for Ealing Hospital medical negligence, if we believe your case has reasonable prospects of success.